Plumbers/Fitters Careers

Plumbers and fitters can earn up to


After the apprenticeship and based on certifications, a journeyperson plumber, fitter, welder or HVACR technician (a qualified and skilled person in a trade), can earn anywhere from $30.00 to $50.00 an hour.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Employment of plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters is projected to grow 12% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Construction of buildings which need new plumbing systems should drive demand for these workers. Overall job opportunities are expected to be good.

Plumbers, pipe and steam fitters, welders and HVACR technicians install and repair pipes that carry liquids or gasses to, from and within businesses, homes and factories.

Plumbers, fitters, welders and HVACR service technicians work in factories, homes, businesses and other places where there are pipes or septic systems. Plumbers, fitters, welders and technicians are often on call for emergencies, so evening and weekend work is common.

Plumbers, fitters, welders and HVACR technicians learn their trade through a registered apprenticeship program that is usually cost free to the student.

The minimum age to become a plumbers, fitters, welders or HVACR service technicians is 18-years-old. Typically, a high-school diploma or equivalent is required to begin your apprenticeship and career in the trade. Most states and localities require plumbers, fitters and technicians to be licensed.

The certified training and apprenticeship programs for plumbers, welders, pipefitters, sprinkler fitters and HVAC-R service technicians offers apprentices superior education, at little or no cost to the students, which enables them to reach their full potential within the trade.

Apprentices are able to earn living wages from day one and benefits (health, vision, retirement, etc.) are available to all students.

Once apprenticeship is complete, tradespeople continue their education and are able to advance to journeyperson status and beyond through continued education and certification programs.